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right now on "andrea mitchell reports," president obama promising full support to japan as it tries to avert nuclear disaster and cope with the unfolding humanitarian crisis in wake of friday's deadly quake. this hour, can a nuclear meltdown be avoided? engineers are more troubled today than ever about that crippled nuclear react or. we talk with congressman ed markey sounding the alarm for stricter safeguards. experts say the big one is coming to california. are the officials there ready. in libya gadhafi forces expand strikes against rebels on the front. secretary of state hillary clinton arrives in paris to talk with european counterparts about imposing a no-fly zone. labor fight. is the challenge over bargaining rights about to head to court? i'm norah o'donnell live in washington. andrea is on assignment.
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we begin in japan where the humanitarian disaster is compounded by the potential for a nuclear nightmare. 250,000 doses of iodine are being distributed to evacuees as a defense to radiation. it follows explosions at two nuclear reactors, a third is in critical danger of meltdown after fuel rods were exposed. across the northeastern part of japan, the devastation in many areas is absolute. village after village wiped away by the tsunami. hundreds of bodies initially swept out to sea now piling up on shore. in one port city police said at least 10,000 are dead, over half its population. and for hundreds of thousands who survived, they are braving a fourth night of near freezing temperatures, many with no food, no water, no heat and no shelter. nbc's chris jansing in tokyo. how are the people there coping? >> reporter: it's an extraordinarily difficult situation, to say the least.
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i've just put on my jacket here in tokyo. up north it's much colder. temperatures have been freezing and near freezing. they say as many as 500,000 people have been displaced. millions are without power. and officials there say that they have only 10% of the food and water that they need. so people have been lining up. many of the people who came in as volunteers and who are doing search and rescue have instead been helping with this expanding humanitarian crisis. the government of japan says that now 90 nations have put forward offers of help. they've accepted these urban search and rescue teams from 15 countries, including the united states, which is bringing in a large contingent that will include 12 dogs. however, all of these teams know that the chances after four days of finding people alive are very, very slim. many of the pictures you're seeing are out of the town of
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sendai. in miyagi province. you mentioned bodies washing up on shore. reports of a thousand to 2,000 that were taken away when a four-story-high wall of water washed over that town going six miles in. and in the midst of all of this, you have this widening nuclear crisis. and all of it is being felt throughout this country, norah. here in tokyo, the nervousness is palpable as well as the sorrow. there have been lines for gas. people have gone into the food stores and cleaned out the shelves of staples. they're worried about transportation problems and food getting back into those grocery stores. there have been rolling backouts that we've seen here and the aftershocks continuing to unsettle people for a fourth day. norah. >> all right, chris jansing there in tokyo. chris, thank you so much. and now to the nuclear fears
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chris was talking about. they are gripping the hardest-hit regions of japan. two reactors are in partially meltdown and fuel rods in a third exposed. multiple systems to prevent that have failed. this is how it happened courtesy of japanese national television. >> control rods rose into the reactor to stop the nuclear fission. as planned, the reactor stopped operating. but the fuel rods were still hot. water should have been circulated to cool them down. however, this didn't happen because of a power outage right after the quake. so the second safety system turned on. the emergency diesel power generator began spraying the rods with coolant. but an hour later, something unexpected happened. without warning, the emergency generator stopped. now the third safety system started operating.
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it converts steam traveling through the pipes into water. it cools the rods. but the water level went down and the temperature continued to rise. all three safety measures had failed. >> frank von hippell advised the white house and teaches at princeton university. you just saw that report that the third safety system failed. what's your biggest concern? >> it is that they can't get control of it. they did manage with fire trucks actually to re-establish cooling in units number one and two -- number one and three. the two units width hydrogen explosions. another question is whether they can do the same thing for unit number two. >> but, frank, there's no sense from any experts this is going to be a chernobyl-like disaster, correct? >> welt, it could be pretty bad but i don't think it's as big as
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chernobyl even if it were a complete meltdown because a lot of the radioactivity has been captured in the water, in the basement of the reactor. but there's still a lot coming off -- the fact that the carrier task force off of japan was -- sensed a thousand times higher than normal dose rates is quite troubling at that distance. >> frank, i think a lot of people are looking at what happened in japan at this nuclear power plant and asking could this happen to us here in the united states. the u.s. has 23 plants that have a similar type of design or build to this japanese plant. does that worry you? does that concern you? do we need to update? >> it does worry me. i raised this issue 29 years ago that we should have back-up system in case the containments over pressure, which is what's been happening here, that they
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had to release gas from the containments to prevent them from exploding. it would be possible to have a robust filtration system that you could vent those containments through. in fact, the french and the swedes have both installed those kind of containments but the u.s. nuclear regulatory commission didn't want to do that. >> frank von hippel, thank you so much. we should point out that president obama this morning was in virginia. he also pledged all of his support to the people of japan. he called the quake and the tsunami survivors, quote, some of our closest friends and allies. john harwood is cnbc's chief washington correspondent and joins us now. i know we're just waiting for the white house briefing to get under way with the president's communication -- excuse me -- press secretary jay carney. the president today said he was heartbroken. clearly japan, the world's third largest economy. this is another issue for this white house to deal with.
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>> exactly. and the one thing that presidents can't control are events elsewhere in the world. we've seen that in the middle east and the effects on u.s. gas prices for american consumers. and now you've had this earthquake, this disaster on a huge scale in japan which has the potential to impact recovery worldwide. that's a problem for the administration. not a whole lot beyond humanitarian assistance that the obama administration can do and maybe we'll get some details from jay carney about what form that humanitarian assistance will take. >> yeah, john. you are the cnbc chief washington correspondent, so you report about sort of the intersection of politics and economics. how much of a concern is that to treasury department officials and others you talk about, about the economic situation in japan and how it may affect our recovery? >> reporter: we've certainly seen the monetary authority central bank in japan putting some liquidity into their system
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to try to respond and prevent a huge drag on the japanese economy and, by extension, the worldwide economy. we're so interconnected in terms of the major economies in the world that anything that is a huge setback in another country has the potential to impact everyone else and our recovery is fragile. everybody knows it. >> all right, john harwood, stand by. want to go inside the white house press wrefg room where we're hearing from the chair of the regulatory commission. >> we advise americans in japan to listen to and follow the instructions of the japanese government with regard to the nuclear facilities. the agency has been providing technical assistance to the japanese government as they are requesting and in particular we have dispatched two technical experts to japan and are continuing to assemble a team of experts that would be dispatched in the near future. so with that, i will then turn to dan.
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>> thank you, mr. chairman. thank you, jay. we've looked closely with our colleagues throughout the department of energy. we've been guided guy secretary chu. i just game from him on this matter and we've been speaking continuously through the weekend. john brennan has been coordinating interagency. frequent meetings in person and over the telephone as we are trying to respond to all of the data that we are taking in. we've also been in very, very close continuous consultation all hours of the day ambassador john roos and hats off to him as the team coordinate the american response and as appropriate given their regulatory status we make sure we share information as appropriate with the chairman and our colleagues at the nrc. we have focused our efforts on consulting very, very closely with our japanese colleagues.
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we also have dispatched subject matter experts, both reactor experts and an expert on emergency response. we are in consultation with them and we will make sure that any requirement they have we are prepared to meet and we are talking to them even on a realtime basis as that proceeds. so we have -- >> so there you can see at the white house reporters getting a briefing from officials of the department of energy and the nuclear regulatory commission on u.s. cooperation with the japanese as they try to avoid a nuclear meltdown at those plants. coming up, more on the growing humanitarian crisis. japan turns two long-standing foes for the quake response. with concerns over the safety should the u.s. place a moratorium on the development of nuclear power plants? congressman ed markey joins us. [ female announcer ] sometimes you need tomorrow
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and now a very moving reunion as nbc news' ann curry found an american teacher in japan unable to connect with her family to let them know she was say. canon purdy just returned to japan to see former students graduate when the quake struck. stuck without a phone or internet and she was left with no option but to wait until her sister reached out on twitter. listen p. >> i found your sister. here she is. >> she's on the phone. >> hi, sis. >> are you okay? >> fine. >> are you okay? >> yeah. i'm totally okay. i'm absolutely -- i'm fine.
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>> wow, what an emotional reunion. and in other news, secretary of state hillary clinton began an overseas trip today. a mission to deal with the growing unrest in the middle east. andrea mitchell is actually traveling with the secretary and today secretary clinton is in paris meeting with other world leaders to discuss a no-fly zone in libya. later today clinton will meet with libyan opposition leaders, this as gadhafi is making gains crushing the opposition. with us michael singh former nsc professor of environmental affairs. we don't want to miss the middle eastern story. secretary clinton in paris. how big a deal that she's meeting with libyan opposition leaders? >> that's right. it just shows the problems overseas don't get easier. secretary clinton is in president consulting with allies and meeting opposition leaders.
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but the perception that's out there in the meflt and europe is that the u.s. is playing catch-up, that we're late to this game on libya. the french already recognized the opposition government in benghazi in the eastern half of libya and frankly the uk and france have been pushing for a no nine zone now for the better part of the last week. i think the hope in europe is the united states will finally catch up because our participation is critical for any no-fly zone to succeed. >> in paris not only meeting with the libyan pop position but european counterparts about a no-fly zone. do you think that becomes a reality soon? >> i think right now it's difficult for russia and chin yo to say no now that the arab league asked for is it. libyan rebels have asked for it for some week. the arab league endorsed is it. now i think it will be hard to stop. the key issue is not so much russia and china anymore because they can't say it's foreign interference when the people in the region ask for it. the issue is president obama and his view on it because it's the
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united states again that would need to enforce it. >> it's not just egypt, what we saw in egypt watching in libya but bahrain, the reporting from bahrain. now we know in bahrain, which is ruled by a sunni minority but has a majority shia population, now we know that saudi arabia and the gulf cooperation have sent troops into bahrain. looking at these pictures just now fed in to us. going in. the saudi are also sunni, so backing that small ruling minority. this is significant, right? what is the concern for u.s. officials now that saudi arabia is getting involved? >> it's very significant. and we've seen violent flare up in bahrain over the weekend. there was violent clashes between the government which is sunni controlled and the shia. this is a sectarian conflict bulldog here. >> and iran is a factor. >> iran is a factor. bahrain asked fellow nations to
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intervene and that's why saudis are sending troops. the uae may also send troops in to bahrain. this may open the gates for iran to intervene or send aid to the demonstrators because they may see this as welfare gang to get involved. >> this could very quickly erupt into a huge issue there in bahrain with a lot of these countries sending forces in as it plays out in bahrain. >> remember these countries are straddling a very strategic part of the world. so saudi arabia, iran, the uae, we're talking a very important area of the world for the united states. >> certainly in terms of oil too. thanks so much. coming up, sarah palin facing backlash. why are some of the country's most influential conservatives sounding off about the potential 2012 presidential hopeful? plus, the economic impact in japan. remember it's the world's third largest economy now pumping billions back into the market. the impact in japan and here at home.
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intellectuals on the right have always had reservations about sarah palin. now they say she's played the victim card one too many times and her politics of grievance is destroying conservatism. to quote one detractor she's becoming al sharpton, alaska edition. >> standards have to be high for someone who would ever want to run for president like -- wasn't ronald reagan an actor? wasn't he in "bedtime for bonzo" bozo. >> i'm sorry that i'm not so hottie to the totty and don't before i make a statement or endorse a person. >> journalists or pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence that
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they purport to condemn. >> politico's editor in clef is john harris and joins us now. you guys have a great piece on this today. john, it sounds like a lot of conservatives have had enough of sarah palin. >> well, a certain breed of conservatives is making clear their differences with her. this article that we wrote about to d quoted many in the conservative intelligencia. these are commentators and columnists like george will, mike labash from the weekly standard, charles drought cout hymer who says it's always about idea. are you a woman, are you upper class or lower class? and they've also -- conservatives have typically criticized liberals for always playing the victim and trying to achieve their political ends by
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playing the victim card and what they're saying is sarah palin is doing some of the same things by crying sexism, by making herself be portrayed as the victim of the liberal news media or sometimes the victim of sexism or what have you. >> i want to meet matt labash, a longtime writer for the weekly standard. he said if you close your eyes and listen to palin and her most irate supporters constantly squawk about how bad a ride from evil mustache dwirtwirling elit she sounds like a professional victimologist, the flip side of any lefty grievance group leader. john, about that, do you think that given this politics of grievance, that not just matt labash is writing about but others have, do you think, though, it could still be a powerful political force for her if in fact she decides to run for president? >> there's no question about it.
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and you have to say that in fairness to sarah palin, she has proven to be a much more effective mobilizer of support than these conservative intellectuals who are criticizing her in this story. sarah palin's politics of grievance works and it resonates with lots of people on the right. and in fact, both conservative and liberal politicians regularly play the grievance card. there's nothing unusual about this. but i do think it's significant that these influential conservative voices are saying, wait a minute, she's going too far. >> politico's john harris, good to see you. thank you so much. coming up, in the wake of the japan disaster, could california be next? we talk with a best selling author who says yes and it's time to start taking the threat seriously. plus, how vulnerable are u.s. nuclear facilities to withstanding natural disasters
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to each other. does a shut down in certain places of japan mean other factories have to shut down? does the idea some nuclear power plants are coming online mean more demand for oil and natural gas not only over a short period of time but perhaps a long period of time. another debate as i am sure you hert on "meet the press." you look at the stocks related to nuclear power building. what is the future of some attempts to build more nuclear power plants in the united states? finally one other question, the federal reserve meets tomorrow. how do they react? initially the thought is not a lot but if they see additional recessionary forces in the economy and perhaps there is a danger to the economy perhaps the fed does act in that regard. >> steve liesman with that great report. thanks so much. good to see you. the tsunami that destroyed much of japan's northeast coast made its way thousands of miles across the ocean and did a fair amount of damage here in the united states in crescent city, california. of course not nearly the same
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scope as in japan. the wave sunk 11 boats and damaged almost 50 more in crescent city harbor. it has many asking if the west coast is prepared for a disaster like the one in japan. crescent city harbor master richard young says no way and he joins us now. thanks so much for joining us. how are you guys doing? >> we're doing fine, thank you, norah. >> and tell me how much damage have you received? >> well, we've had our entire inner boat basin has been wiped out by the tsunami waves here. we believe the damage cost will be in excess of $25 million here in crescent city. >> and do you believe, given what happened in crescent city, that the u.s. is prepared for future tsunamis? >> well, it's very difficult to prepare for a disaster on the scope of what happened in japan. we have very similar geologic conditions offshore here on the north coast of california that stretch all the way up into british columbia. the cascadia subduction fault is
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very capable of producing the kind of tsunamis you saw in japan and indonesia. so it's impossible to prepare for that. we just have to hope it won't happen. >> richard young, good luck to you and certainly those in your community. we're watching these time lapse pictures of what happened in crescent city. good luck to you guys. >> thank you so much. we're doing our best to repair. and of course the question is not if the big one will hit the west coast. the question is when and how strong. already there have been three major earthquakes along the so-called ring of fire in the past year. janne japan, new zealand and chile. and that is leading some experts to say california is the next one. the infamous san andreas fault underpinned san francisco last ruptured in 1906 magnitude 7.8 killing 3,000 people. the hayward fault through
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oakland and berkeley. while the usgs says it cannot predict earthquakes it's certain this line is ready for major rupture. the cascadia subzuks zone offshore located under water and not land making tsunamis a major threat. joining us is "newsweek's" simon westchester and author of "a crack in the edge of the world." thank you for joining us. i think this is very scary. you make an interesting argument about the ring of fire and what has happened just in the past year. what makes you so concerned about california? >> well, it's more based on statistics than anything else. the simple fact that there have been a cluster of serious, major occurrences at three sites of the pacific basin. and you mentioned the one side so far unscathed, untouched is northwest of the united states and the west of canada. and the fact that, as the usgs
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has been pointing out repeatedly for the last decade osh so, the san andreas and the hayward fault have not been disturbed for a very long time and yet billing has gone on pace on top of them and retrofitting of buildings has been going extremely slowly and we have this truly menacing underwater, therefore somewhat invisibility fault of the cascadia subduction zone fault which lice there brooding offshore and not active for at least 250 years. purely statistically one is thinking when will one rupture? >> it's fascinating. you describe earthquakes as a great brass bell when struck by an enormous hammer blow on one side sets to vibrating and ringing all over. we've already had catastrophic events on three corners of the pacific plate. is california prepared? >> well, no.
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let me go back briefly to 1906 which was the last time there was a major disruption on the san andreas fault. a few weeks prior to that there was a big earthquake in chile which killed 20,000. many more than died in california. a few weeks before that there was an earthquake in what was then called formosa and now we know as taiwan. in 1906 this brass bell or harmonic center. the second part of the question. is california prepared? i had a lot of e-mails today saying you must meaning the media -- we must remind california over and over again that it must prepare. it must be not simply physically prepared in terms of retrofitting. buildings and strengthening bridges and dealing with nuclear power stations that we know there are a few of in the western united states but also people must be psychologically prepared and know what to do. generally speaking people probably do know what to do if there is an earthquake. stand under a door frame or dive
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under a sofa. but do people know what to do if there's a tsunami? the answer is no. there hasn't been a substantial tsunami -- the last one was 1964 after the earthquake in anchorage, alaska, good friday in '64. people have no idea what to do. in a way, they're blessed -- the pop graphy blesses the people because what you do when a tsunami comes is you run like the devil not just inland but uphill. and unlike in japan, there were no hills for anyone to climb in northeast japan but there are hills in california mercifully so people can get away from the waves in theory. >> and it's hard to outrun a tsunami that's traveling at least 40 miles per hour. simon winchester. a fascinating book and quite scary, really. but thank you so much. we appreciate it. >> thanks very much. a with two nuclear reactors sitting smack on the san andreas
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fault there is a real chance the u.s. could face a nuclear threat similar to what we're seeing in japan. the chairman of the u.s. nuclear regulatory xwhition just tried to calm those fears at the white house just moments ago. >> bottom line right now, we believe that the plants in this country continue to be designed to a very high standard for seismic and tsunami type events. we will look at whatever information we can gain from this event and see if there are changes we need to make to our system. >> congressman ed markey is ranking democrat on the natural resources committee and senior member of the energy committee. good to see you. there you see the white house says they feel like they're prepared. >> well, the nuclear plant in california is designed to withstand a seven on the scale of earthquakes. the earthquake in san francisco in 1906 was a 7.8 on the richer
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scale. they're in the process right now with the nuclear regulatory commission of finishing a process that will make it possible to build and license westinghouse ap-1000 reactor. one of the senior scientists at the nuclear regulatory commission said that's the kind of plant that could crack, shatter like a glass cup under stress. we should go back and review that whole reactor. the bush administration failed to implement my law in 2002 requiring potassium iodide to protect children against thyroid cancer out to 20 miles. i call upon the obama administration to now change that have bush ruling and to ensure there is a distribution of potassium iodide out to 20 miles. it is important for us to check all the back-up systems at all of our nuclear power plants to make sure that problems that we see in japan in terms of redundancy don't occur in any individual plant in the united states as well.
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>> but congressman, we need nuclear energy. nuclear energy is the only large-scale, clean air electricity source that's out there that can generate a great deal of energy. you're calling for a moratorium on nuclear plants. why not try to push the regulatory commission to investigate, to make sure that the ones that eches are safe and still allow us to continue to build nuclear power plants that this country needs to get clean energy and gets off foreign sources of energy? >> i am not calling a moratorium on all nuclear plants. i'm only calling for a moratorium in those areas seismically questionable. that's all i am calling for. but 10,000 new megawatts of wind were deployed in the united states in 2009. 5,000 new megawatts in 2010. there hasn't been a new 1,000-megawatt nuclear reactor that has been ordered successfully since 1974. so wind is large-scale. solar is large-scale.
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and we're talking making 100,000 megawatts installed by the year 2020 before the first nuclear power plant with 1,000 megawatts comes online. if nuclear power is not successful right now, it will be because wall street decides that it's better to generate electricity with natural gas, with win, with solar, because the risk premium in terms of investors on wall street is now going to be increased and they just might decide as a marginal financial investment that it's not worth taking the risk. that's what's happened over the last 30 years. it has not been protesters who have brought down the nuclear industry. it has been wall street. and wall street right now is casting an arched eyebrow towards nuclear, wondering whether or not it's worth the risk. . >> all right, congressman ed markey pointing out of course we have two nuclear power plants on the san andreas fault. congressman, good to see you. thank you so much. up next wk the state of
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see what things look like on the ground where he is located. plus the fears of nuclear meltdown in japan. plants are reigniting. the political debate over nuclear energy. i talk with radio talk show michael smir comish. what are people saying today in wake of what we're seeing in japan. pro union supporters are refocusing on court challenges and recall efforts now that wisconsin governor scott walker has signed a bill into law restricting collective bargaining rights. an estimated 100,000 protesters took to the capital this weekend. andy stern is the former president of the 2 million service international union. 100,000 protesters. that's a huge rally. >> i mean, that is enormous and i think it just makes the point this is not over. it was not like we signed the law and everyone is move on. people are very angry and this has become quite a symbolic
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moment. >> yet the governor was able to sign this bill into law. >> i think clearly it did not end as perfectly as the unions wanted but i think the point is not ending. we have a recall now going on of senators. we have an opportunity in the 2012 election to be able to make wisconsin a state that does represent workers rights and i think most importantly around the country people are beginning to say what is the purpose of all of this? this wasn't good government. it was a political payback. >> you think actually there's a backlash that's mobilized all the pro union forces across the country. >> those 1 hundred,000 people, there were farmers in tractors and pickup trucks. i think it's an american moment where people say we understand we have to share in the pain when things are bad but we don't think we have to lose our rights, lose our unions and have large corporations and some of the members of the republican party act in such a destructful manner. >> on friday we saw the nfl move forward and shut out the
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players. this is really significant. >> i think it's huge and just makes the point. here we have wisconsin where i think people said, okay, when things are going bad, workers have a responsibility like everyone else to share in the pain. here we have the nfl. it's doing phenomenally well but we're not supposed to share in the gain. we're again supposed to share in the pain. seems like ceos and people always do welt and workers are asked to pay the price. i don't think america likes that anymore. >> i actually think the nfl situation can have farther reaching complications because so many people watch football. not everybody knows wisconsin or what's going on in wisconsin and may not be part of a union but a lot of people like the nfl and a lot of people like to watch football. if they start hearing they're not going to have their football come fall they're going to ask why and i am going to tell you most people will side with the players over the owners. >> i think so too. when you think about how much taxpayers contributed to the stadiums across the country and it's not just how much pay for
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advertising. they feel like they work hard. they only have two or three years of real experience to earn a lot of money and get injured. they deserve better than this. >> you do acknowledge in wisconsin public sector unions and public employees are going to have to pay more when it comes to health care and pension and everything else? >> yeah. and i think we're seeing that. i think people understand when things are bad everyone has to share. the question is when things are good like the football players association, what's that about? what political story will make headlines in the next 24 hours? that's next. we want to remind you for up to the minute headlines on the unfolding crisis in japan including how you can help, logon to the afternoon tour begins with more pain and more pills. the evening guests arrive. back to sore knees. back to more pills. the day is done but hang on... her doctor recommended aleve.
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which political story will make headlines in the next 24 hours? msnbc contributor and managing editor of chris
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cillizza joins us now. chris, it has to do with virginia? >> did t. does. holy cow, this story is fascinating. shows you the power of twitter. we've been reporting here and there, as your wonderful crack nbc political unit, tim kaine, democratic national committee chairman, also happens to be a former governor of virginia is moving closer to running for the open senate seat that jim webb, who the democrat is leaving. this morning cane told a law school class he's running. not so fast, the dnc said he's getting more likely to run but he's not in the race yet. bottom line, tim kaine looking like he's going to run. a major recruiting success, assuming he does it, for senate democrats. he's the best possible candidate for that seat. >> that's right. jim webb, of course, is retiring after just one term. and former governor alan is going to run as the republican. >> yes. >> so if kaine gets into the
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race, as democrats are saying is increasingly likely, who is -- will replace kaine as head of dnc? >> norah, you're a woman after my own heart. i wrote my monday fix, my column in the newspaper, on it. a bunch of names. i would highlight two, jennifer granholm, former governor of michigan, and ted strickland, former governor of ohio. both are former governors of big midwestern states that the president needs to carry to get re-elected. they can speak to those issues. upper midwest is a critical battleground. i would tip the scales slightly to granholm and the reason, she's really good on television. don't underestimate that. they need a voice out there. they need a communicator out there, saying why the economy's getting better, why his plans are working in that critical region, that rust belt, michigan, ohio, pennsylvania, wisconsin, all in there is critical to the success. i think they're going to pick
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someone who knows that region intimately well. >> chris cillizza putting a vote in governor granholm for dnc likely replacement. chris cillizza, thanks so much. that does it for this edition of "andrea mitchell reports." tomorrow on the show, we'll take a closer look at japan's nuclear facilities with james actin. and my colleague, tamron hall has a look at what's on "news nation." >> good to see you, norah. next hour, developing news out of japan where uranium rods reportedly likely melting, at a nuclear power plant. that, according to a japanese official. an update on the situation, as well as the update on u.s. soldiers exposed to radiation while on their way to help those in japan. plus -- it's been two months since the mass shooting in arizona that critically injure congresswoman gabrielle giffords. president obama calling for stricter gun laws. reaction to the op-ed published yesterday.
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right now on "news natio nation" -- nuclear crisis in japan. another explosion at the fukushima power plant intensifying fears of a potential nuclear meltdown. the rods have been exposed. what does that mean? and are japanese officials telling everything they know about the trouble at the plant? new details on u.s. navy sailors there to help the japanese, now exposed to radiation. the nuclear energy debate right here in the u.s. senator joe lieberman says we need to put the brakes on building nuclear plants. also ahead -- living in the disaster zone. the reality of the situation hits an american who only had been living in japan for eight days when the quake hit. >> the way the ground was moving and the way the earth was shaking there's no way i'd be alive right now. >> he's alive and he's telling

Andrea Mitchell Reports
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